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Michelle Obama and Alice Waters: Let’s Do Breakfast

June 13, 2011 berkeley bites

Alice Waters feeds First Lady Michelle Obama at the fancy pants Claremont Hotel. What happened to plans to for a downhome breakfast in Oakland?

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Best Blog Post Ever: It’s Kinda Cheesy

June 5, 2011 bay area bites

Who knew asking readers for their pizza picks would generate such a huge response?

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5 Questions for Food Forward Filmmaker Greg Roden

June 2, 2011 bay area bites

Food Forward, a new TV program coming to PBS this fall, showcases food renegades around the country changing the way Americans eat.

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Off the Grid & Bites on Broadway: Food Trucks Debut in East Bay

May 31, 2011 bay area bites

Food truck hubs are setting up shop in the East Bay this summer. Off the Grid opens in North Berkeley June 1; Bites on Broadway begins in Oakland June 10.

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The Culinary Couple Behind Berkeley’s Corso and Rivoli

May 28, 2011 berkeley bites

Chef Wendy Brucker and Rosco Skipper, who together own Rivoli and Corso in Berkeley, on the joys of running a restaurant with your ex.

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Berkeley’s Kitchen on Fire Booms During Economic Bust

May 27, 2011 berkeley bites

Cooking classes at Kitchen on Fire in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto really took off when the economy took a nose dive.

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Slow Restaurant in Berkeley Finds Fast Following

May 18, 2011 berkeley bites

Meet Kyle Anderson, the chef behind Slow Restaurant, a low-key eatery dishing up good food fast in Berkeley.

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Ghee Artisan Sets up Shop in Berkeley

May 6, 2011 berkeley bites

Matteo Girard Maxon makes artisan ghee for Ancient Organics, the old fashioned way: During the waxing moon, with a mantra playing in the background, in small batches by hand. Find out why.

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Pop-up Restaurants Popping Up Around Berkeley

April 29, 2011 berkeley bites

The pop-up restaurant phenomenon pops up around Berkeley.

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Beyond Produce: Other Edible CSAs Bring Mixed Results

April 22, 2011 baking

Can the CSA model work for food artisans as well as farmers?

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Urban Homesteader Challenges City on Sale of Edibles

April 15, 2011 berkeley bites

Berkeley resident Sophie Hahn wants to sell her surplus greens to neighbors. She’s challenging the city to change its zoning codes to allow for such urban agriculture.

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Author Raj Patel’s Food Revolution: From Chips to Salad

April 1, 2011 berkeley bites

Author Raj Patel on why there’s reasons to be cheerful about the global food movement.

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A Planner who Favors Edible, Eco Education, and Risks

March 25, 2011 berkeley bites

Sharon Danks designs green schoolyards for children — including outdoor classrooms with edible gardens — as places of exploration, challenge, and wonder.

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Produce for the People at Berkeley Bowl

March 18, 2011 berkeley bites

Berkeley Bowl produce picker Nick Christopher on the joys of kale salad, winter citrus, and Tokyo turnips — and why he doesn’t eat bananas.

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Surgeon General Swings by Edible Schoolyard

March 17, 2011 berkeley bites

The nation’s top doc, U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Regina Benjamin, tours the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, touts healthy schools as a key component of her vision for a healthy and fit America.

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Josh Thomsen Gathers Local Talent for Berkeley Wine Fest

March 11, 2011 berkeley bites

Josh Thomsen, executive chef of the swanky Claremont Hotel, Club, and Spa in Berkeley, teams up with local cooking talent for this year’s Berkeley Wine Festival.

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Urban Farmer Willow Rosenthal Plants Seeds in Berkeley

March 4, 2011 berkeley bites

A pioneer of the urban farm movement, Willow Rosenthal founded City Slicker Farms in West Oakland and now tends a thriving backyard edible garden in Berkeley.

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From Psych Ward to Bagel Mensch

February 25, 2011 berkeley bites

Noah Alper overcame obstacles early in life and went on to run a wildly successful West Coast bagel business, Noah’s Bagels. He shares lessons learned from his successes in a recent book.

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Jam Maker Dafna Kory Turns Hobby Into Thriving Business

February 18, 2011 berkeley bites

Self-taught jam maker Dafna Kory turned her hobby into a fully-fledged business, INNA jam, single-source fruit preserves delivered via bamboo trike.

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Berkeley’s School Lunch Program Flawed, Say Insiders

February 14, 2011 berkeley bites

The successes — and shortcomings — of the Berkeley’s revamped school food program received equal billing at the premiere of short films called the Lunch Love Community Documentary Project.

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Joy Moore: Community Food Reformer

February 11, 2011 berkeley bites

Fresh food advocate Joy Moore on school food reform and getting good food to under-served Berkeley residents.

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Berkeley’s Natasha Boissier Forages Fruit, Feeds Hungry

February 4, 2011 berkeley bites

North Berkeley Harvest founder Natasha Boissier picks fruit for people in need.

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Ravenous: Dayna Macy Faces Her Food Obsessions

January 28, 2011 berkeley bites

The author, who has had a challenging relationship with food much of her life, writes about how she made her peace with eating in a new book.

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Garden Teacher Kim Allen Offers Youth Space to Grow

January 21, 2011 bay citizen

Garden teacher Kim Allen offers youth space to grow.

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Alice Medrich’s Sweet Life

January 14, 2011 baking

Award-winning cookbook author Alice Medrich on the sweet life, including her new book, Chewy Gooey, Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies.

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June Taylor’s Artisan Way With Fruit

January 7, 2011 berkeley bites

Preserver June Taylor talks about the art and craft of making jam.

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Best Blog Posts From the 2010 Lettuce Eat Kale Archives

December 29, 2010 bay area bites

Highlights from the 2010 food files of Lettuce Eat Kale.

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John Scharffenberger: From Wine and Chocolate to Tofu

December 17, 2010 berkeley bites

The former wine and chocolate guy now finds himself hawking tofu for the Hodo Soy Beanery.

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Farewell to Berkeley’s Frugal Foodies

December 16, 2010 berkeley bites

For the past five and a half years, J Moses Ceaser has opened his home every Tuesday night to old friends and complete strangers with the sole purpose of getting people in the kitchen cooking a vegetarian meal from scratch for a fraction of the cost of eating out — while creating community on the […]

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What Next for Berkeley’s Multi Culti Grill and Birdland Jazz?

December 10, 2010 berkeley bites

The Bird Man, Michael Parayno, brings BBQ street eats and jazz grooves to a sleepy stretch of North Berkeley.

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Doctor’s Orders: Eat Your Greens Advises Preston Maring

December 3, 2010 berkeley bites

The father of the hospital farmers’ markets, Dr. Preston Maring, on what’s cooking in Berkeley.

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Giving Thanks with Cafe Gratitude

November 24, 2010 berkeley bites

An interview with the general manager of Berkeley’s Cafe Gratitude, a Bay Area chain with its devotees and its detractors.

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La Cocina Helps Launch Los Cilantros Catering Company

November 19, 2010 berkeley bites

Latina immigrant Dilsa Lugo launches organic, Mexican catering company with the support of La Cocina.

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UC Berkeley Grads Grow Thriving Mushroom Business

November 12, 2010 bay citizen

The Mushroom Guys’ zero-waste company uses coffee grounds from Peet’s to cultivate fungi.

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A Family Recipe Becomes a Business: Mamie & Makhi’s Sweet Potato Pie

November 5, 2010 baking

Lois Porter turns a favorite family recipe into a thriving small batch, sweet potato batter business in Berkeley.

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Urban Farmer Jim Montgomery of Green Faerie Farm

October 29, 2010 berkeley bites

Getting to know urban farmer Jim Montgomery of Green Faerie Farm.

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Alice Waters’ 40 Year Campaign for Good Food

October 22, 2010 bay citizen

The mother of the modern food movement talks about her lifelong edible adventure, feeding children well, and teaching people to cook.

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Street Food Scene Mostly Bypasses Berkeley

October 18, 2010 berkeley bites

Why isn’t food-obsessed Berkeley friendly to fancy food trucks?

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Berkeley Student Food Collective: Education & Eating

October 8, 2010 bay citizen

After going without a cooperative grocery store for more than twenty years, Berkeley is about to get a new food co-op. The Berkeley Student Food Collective is slated to open later this month.

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Berkeley Bites: Aaron Betesh, Blue Heron Farms

October 1, 2010 berkeley bites

Veteran farmers’ market vendor Aaron Betesh of Blue Heron Farms talks about what he loves about the Berkeley Farmers Market scene.

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Veteran Restauranteur Dishes up Recipe to Success

September 24, 2010 berkeley bites

Chef-owner Michael Wild of BayWolf in Oakland reflects on his 35 years of success in the fickle food world.

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Fearless Critic Brings Blind Tasting To UC Berkeley

September 17, 2010 berkeley bites

Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better? Not necessarily so says Fearless Critic Robin Goldstein, who continues his research into how price and marketing impact people’s palate in blind tasting research at UC Berkeley.

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Berkeley Bites: Minh Tsai, Hodo Soy Beanery

September 10, 2010 bay citizen

Hodo Soy Beanery gets fresh with tofu.

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Berkeley Bites: Elmwood Cafe Feeds People and Funds Worthy Projects

September 3, 2010 berkeley bites

A decade ago, and fresh out of North Carolina, Kara Hammond landed a gig at Cafe Fanny, a tiny slip of a place in North Berkeley opened 25 years ago by, oh, a certain famous local chef. Hammond, who had run a homespun bakery in Greensboro, wanted to get some kitchen experience in the Bay […]

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Two Berkeley Moms Try Their Hand At Street Eats

August 27, 2010 berkeley bites

The Twitter handle pretty much sums things up. Two food-obsessed moms try to have their cake and eat it too: Start a food truck and still be home with the kids. Meet the newest truck on the block to hit the streets of Emeryville, in the East Bay of San Francisco. You can’t miss the […]

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Eat Real Food Lit Fest: Writers on Street Eats, Growing Greens & More

August 26, 2010 berkeley bites

The Eat Real Festival hosts the Eat Real Lit Fest, a showcase for local food writers talking about street eats, growing greens, and more.

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Berkeley Bites: Tu David Phu, Saul’s Delicatessen

August 20, 2010 bay citizen

What’s a nice, young, tattooed Vietnamese boy from West Oakland doing as the top chef in a Jewish deli in North Berkeley?

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Hospital Food Gets a Makeover

August 13, 2010 berkeley bites

Unfortunately I can report from recent personal experience that in some facilities hospital food remains truly awful. If you’ve been in a hospital this will likely not be news to you. A couple of in-patient visits over the past few months have given me an up-close view of what gets served to the sick during […]

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Fixing Hospital Food

August 13, 2010 bay citizen

In the San Francisco Bay Area hospital food gets a makeover. Really.

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Slow Food Folks Serve Fast Food with Style

August 6, 2010 berkeley bites

Chef owners Paul Arenstam and Charlene Reis have a slow food sensibility in a take-out business better known for fast food. That’s because the culinary couple (partners in life too) come with stellar cooking credentials: She’s an-ex Chez Panisse pastry chef, he did stints at upscale L.A. joints before landing at San Francisco’s acclaimed Rubicon. […]

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